I am uploading a paper I wrote at Harding Graduate School of Religion for Dr. Oster’s class on Paul’s Prison Letters on Paul’s Use of Rhetoric in Philemon for all you Philemon fans out there. This paper discusses slavery in the ancient world, ancient Greek rhetoric and more specifically the rhetorical devices that Paul uses in his letter to Philemon. I sure wish I had a socio-rhetorical commentary from Ben Witherington when I wrote this paper. Here is the paper in pdf. By the way, if you are looking for a really good commentary on Philemon have a look at Joseph Fitzmyer’s commentary in the anchor Bible commentary series. It is excellent.
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